Long haul air carrier AirAsia X plans to expand into U.S. Market
By: N. Andropoulos, Xiro Xone News January 26, 2017 Updated: 11:10 AM
Long haul air carrier, AirAsia X, is finally coming to America. AirAsia is the largest airline in Malaysia and the parent company of AirAsia X. Both carriers have been voted one of the best low-cost airlines, in Asia. Both brands are part of the ‘Tune Group,’ founded by Malaysian entrepreneurs Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun. AirAsia X will have scheduled flights into the United States originating from Japan and possibly Malaysia, going to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hawaii and Las Vegas.
AirAsia was given the green flag from the Federal Aviation Administration, to fly to the U.S. They plan to fly five (Airbus) A-330-343 aircraft that have already been approved, but have made no official announcement as to where they intend to operate, only that, Hawaii will be on the list. AirAsia and AirAsia X are not new air carriers they are simply expanding, into a popular and lucrative market. AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said in a statement "AirAsia X is currently considering flights to several US states including Hawaii as part of its route expansion plans." "Our expansion up until now has concentrated on Asia, Australasia and the Middle East, and we are excited about our first foray into an entirely new market as we look beyond Asia Pacific."
Chairman of the ‘Tune Group’ Fernandes, can add this to his growing list of business achievements. Before becoming a well-known entrepreneur, he was formerly a vice-president at Warner Music for their South East Asia region until; Time Warner announced its merger with America Online, Inc. When he left the company he decided to pursue his dream of starting a no-frills low cost, airline. Other ventures helmed by Fernandes include ‘Tune Hotels,’ ‘Tune Talk,’ and the former, Caterham Formula One racing. He worked for and with Virgin founder, Richard Branson, who is also an investor in AirAsia.
Business insiders respect the hard work and determination of Fernandes and Meranun and are, betting on their continued success. A few years ago, AirAsia was forced to discontinue flights from Malaysia to London, due to the rising cost of fuel. If the current price of oil remain steady or is further reduced, the expansion into new markets could prove to be quite profitable, for the growing air carrier.